Minibeast Safari

Guests staying at Springbank Cottage, our self catering holiday let in Elgol, have the use of a number of resources that form part of our environmental activities offer of which staging a minibeast safari is one.

What you can do

  • Minibeasts are any small animal, spiders, slugs, snails, beetles centipedes, worms, earwigs, caterpillars and other fascinating creepy crawlies.
  • Catch minibeasts by searching suitable habitat.
  • Build a pitfall trap in the garden to catch minibeasts

Where to do it

  • Minibeasts, especially insects, can be found almost anywhere.
  • The garden has many flowering plants, trees and purposely left piles of decaying plant material and is a great place to conduct your minibeast safari.
  • Search local woodlands, ponds and streams – details of where to go on the map in the activity room.

What we provide

  • Materials to build your own pitfall trap
  • Nets for pond dipping
  • Catch pots/pooters
  • Bug viewers, magnifying glasses and field lens
  • ID guides and books

Advice about the activity

  • Many minibeasts hibernate or spend the winter as eggs or pupae so best safaris will occur in spring and summer.
  • The dark and damp conditions under rotting logs are very productive but put the log back after you’ve examined under it.
  • Full instructions on building a pitfall trap and where to build it in the garden are provided.

Things to consider

  • Minibeasts are delicate creatures and need sympathetic handling.
  • If you can see the minibeast clearly enough to identify it then there is no need to handle it.
  • Bees and wasps can sting.
  • Return all minibeasts alive to the habitat where you collected them.

So, if you are thinking about a trip to Skye and you want more than just a “standard” holiday cottage, take a closer look.  We hope you will be surprised by how much is on offer during a stay at Springbank Cottage.

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